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dc.contributor.authorDe Leo, Diegoen_US
dc.contributor.authorBuono, Marirosa Delloen_US
dc.contributor.authorDwyer, Jonathanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T14:16:36Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T14:16:36Z
dc.date.issued2002en_US
dc.date.modified2010-09-22T06:54:27Z
dc.identifier.issn00071250en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/6568
dc.description.abstractBackground Previous short-term work reported fewer suicides among elderly users of a telephone helpline and emergency response service (the TeleHelp-TeleCheck Service). Aims To examine long-term effects of the service on suicide in an elderly population of northern Italy. Method The service provided twice-weekly support and needs assessment telephone calls and a 24h emergency alarm service. Data from 1988 to 1998 allowed comparison of 18 641 service users with a comparable general population group of the Veneto region in Italy. Results Significantly fewer suicide deaths (nOBSERVED=6) occurred among elderly service users (standardised mortality ratio (SMR) 28.8%) than expected (nEXPECTED=20.86; 2=10.58, d.f.=1, P<0.001) despite an assumed overrepresentation of persons at increased risk. The service performed well for elderly females (nOBSERVED=2, SMR=16.6%, nEXPECTED=12.03; 2=8.36, d.f.=1, P<0.001). Conclusions The study confirms the initial promise of the TeleHelp-TeleCheck service over a much longer time period. Further research will clarify the apparent lack of benefit for elderly males.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherRoyal College of Psychiatristsen_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://bjp.rcpsych.org/cgi/content/abstract/181/3/226en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom226en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto229en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue3en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalBritish Journal of Psychiatryen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume181en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode321299en_US
dc.titleSuicide among the elderly: the long-term impact of a telephone support and assessment intervention in northern Italyen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Health, Australian Institute for Suicide Research & Preventionen_US
gro.date.issued2002
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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